Adam Robbings, the brewmaster and co-founder at Reuben’s Brews in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, once explained to me why he thinks it’s important to enter a lot of beer judging competitions. In short, he said that the feedback is very important and it helps him know that the brewery is on the right track. It’s a good strategy.
Sure, it’s about the feedback and the affirmation, but the medals are not such a bad thing either. As a result of the brewery’s pursuit of excellence, Reuben’s Brews certainly has won its share of hardware. In fact, the brewery just collected its 200th medal. This news comes on the heals of the brewery’s 6th anniversary.
The milestone medal was awarded recently at the Untied States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC), where Reuben’s Brews took home Best of the Northwest in the Pacific Region for Reuben’s Crush IPA, Lilywhite Wit, and Hop Tropic.
“We know that brewing great beers isn’t about the awards, but it certainly reinforces that our team is creating the kind of brews the craft beer community is seeking and enjoying,” said Adam Robbings.
Hop Tropic went on to be named the National Grand Champion in the Pale Ale category, an honor it has received for two consecutive years. Good Hair Day, a 25th anniversary brew created for Rudy’s Barbershop, received an Honorable Mention in the competition.
“The last six years have flown by! It’s hard to believe that our beers have won this many awards, from competitions at the regional, national and international level, in such a short time,” says Robbings. “We are always brewing new styles and approaches to our beers and to see such a wide variety of them be considered best in class makes us feel great about what we are doing.”
Some of Reuben’s most-honored beers are among the regular lineup. Year-round beers such as Crikey IPA, Pilsner, Gose and Robust Porter have taken earned accolades over the years in competitions like the Great American Beer Festival, European Beer Star, U.S. Open Beer Championships, Washington Beer Awards, and others.